Around-the-World Brief: 'Potter' Beats 'Transformers' to $1 Billion
Transformers: Dark of the Moon's two-week head start couldn't hold off Harry Potter's record-breaking pace: Deathly Hallows Part 2 passed $1 billion worldwide (domestic plus foreign) on Sunday, while Transformers still has a few days left before it arrives at that coveted milestone.

Deathly Hallows Part 2 hit $1 billion on its 19th day in theaters, which tied Avatar's record for fastest to reach that level. With a $1.008 billion total, Potter ranked eighth on all-time worldwide chart, ahead of The Dark Knight but behind Alice in Wonderland. With China opening next weekend, Potter's poised to ultimately take third place from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ($1.12 billion).

Dipping 48 percent, Deathly Hallows Part 2's foreign weekend was $66.4 million from 59 markets. That brought its foreign total to $690 million, which ranked seventh all-time and could move up to fifth place when actuals report on Monday. It's also number one all-time among Warner Bros. releases. Potter's top territory remained the United Kingdom with a $88.5 million haul, followed by Japan ($66.7 million), Germany ($61.1 million) and France ($50.5 million).

After opening domestically and in Italy last weekend, Captain America: The First Avenger rolled out in to 30 new markets and earned an estimated $48.5 million. Its highest-grossing markets were Mexico ($8.5 million) and Brazil ($6.8 million), both of which were new highs for the Avengers franchise. It also opened around the same level as Thor in Australia ($5 million), though it was much weaker in the U.K. ($4.9 million), Russia ($4 million) and South Korea ($2.5 million). Including its Italian grosses, Captain America has earned $53.5 million overseas.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon reached its last major market this weekend, opening to a series-best $9.5 million in Japan. A massive 82 percent of that came from 3D, indicating that Japan is one territory where 3D hasn't lost its luster. Across all of its markets, Transformers grossed $42 million for a $645 million total. It's worldwide cume reached $982.9 million, and it should reach $1 billion by Wednesday or Thursday. 

Cars 2 expanded in to a few significant foreign markets and grossed an estimated $30 million. It had solid starts in France ($9 million), Germany ($6.7 million) and Japan ($5.8 million), all of which were notable improvements over the original Cars. With $217.6 million in the tank so far, Cars 2 is a day away from speeding past the first Cars' $217.9 million total. That will also put it at $400 million worldwide. 

Among the entrants in the domestic battle royale, The Smurfs opened to $4.4 million from seven territories. That total was driven primarily by a strong $4 million first place start in Spain. Cowboys & Aliens is holding off its foreign debut until next weekend, when it will reach at least 10 territories, including Russia and Australia. 

Other Notables - Weekend Gross - Gross-to-Date
Zookeeper - $7.7 - $42.1
Bad Teacher - $7.6 - $81.7
Mr. Popper's Penguins - $7.5 - $70.6
Green Lantern - $4.8 - $40
Kung Fu Panda 2 - $4.5 - $447.5
Horrible Bosses - $4.1 - $13.5
Friends with Benefits - $3.7 - $3.8
Super 8 - $2.2 - $60
Rio - $2.1 - $336
Assalto Ao Banco Central - $2.1 - $6.2

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